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Amos Burn vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 17, Jun-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-27-06  amtr: This is stalemate

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  Sneaky: What the ... ??? Were they being paid by the move?
Jul-17-08  jeeky1996: So this is how you stalemate in this kind of endgame.
Dec-03-08  WhiteRook48: King vs King and pawn ... this doesn't happen often...
Dec-04-08  AnalyzeThis: Yes, this was pretty ridiculous, it was a dead draw since at least move 52.
Dec-18-08  WhiteRook48: Burn couldn't outplay Pillsbury.
White ♖
Dec-18-08  WhiteRook48: The position after move 82 is Zugzwang. If Black moves first he loses. If White moves first he draws.
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: Great game by Pillsbury. So he still gives out pills, eh?
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: weird endgame. Tartakower vs Reti was another one that ended in this...
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: it was a dead draw because the black king was in front of the pawn
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: funny thing that these guys would play out the last 8 moves
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  patzer2: For players familiar with the ending, it looks a little silly playing it all the way to stalemate. However, it's an instructive game for teaching novices the drawing technique.

I've won a number of games with White's cat and mouse maneuvers, beginning with 77. Kf5, against opponents unfamiliar with how to maintain the opposition and force the draw in this simple King and Pawn versus King ending.

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  HarryP: I wonder if either player offered a draw from move 52 on. Surely Pillsbury must have. This was only their second game against each other. In their first game, at Hastings, Pillsbury won. Maybe Burn wanted revenge so badly he insisted on playing until the bitter end? He was a tough customer for Pillsbury. He never lost again after Hastings and compiled a 2-1-2 record against him.

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